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Archbishop George H. Niederauer

The patron of our city and our Archdiocese, St. Francis of Assisi, modeled true Christian discipleship quite powerfully, especially in his concern for the poor and all those in need. We are called to follow his example toward all different kinds of poverty and neediness.

The Catholic Church here takes a leading role in response to these challenges, and will continue to do so.

Our patron, St. Francis, also said, on one occasion, 'Always preach the Gospel. When necessary, use words.' I have spoken more than enough words, and it is now time for deeds.  I joyfully commit myself to serve the people of this Archdiocese as effectively as God's grace strengthens me to do.

May God bless all of you,
Most Rev. George H. Niederauer 

About the Archbishop 

Ordained to the priesthood: Apr. 30, 1962, for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Named a Prelate of Honor (Msgr.): 1984
Named eighth bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City: Nov. 3, 1994
Ordained Bishop of Salt Lake City: Jan. 25, 1995
Named eighth Archbishop of San Francisco: Dec. 15, 2005
Date of birth: June 14, 1936
Place of birth: Los Angeles
Family: Bishop Niederauer was the only child of George and Elaine Niederauer



• Attended St. Catherine’s Military Academy, Anaheim, 1946-1950
• Graduated from St. Anthony’s High School, Long Beach, 1954
• Attended freshman year at Stanford
• Earned Bachelor of Philosophy Degree, St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, 1959
• Earned Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Catholic University of America, 1962
• Earned Master’s Degree in English Literature, Loyola University of Los Angeles, 1962
• Earned Ph.D. in English Literature, University of Southern California, 1966
• Earned diploma from Focus on Leadership: Theological and Scriptural Studies and Spiritual Direction,   Loretto Heights College, Denver, CO, 1978
• Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, University of Utah, May 6, 2005 

Ministry & Administration 

2006-Present: Archbishop of San Francisco
1994-2006: Bishop of Salt Lake City
1992-1994: Co-director of Cardinal Manning House of Prayer for Priests, Los Angeles
1987-1992: Rector, St. John’s Seminary
1972-1992: Spiritual Director, St. John’s Seminary
1965-1992: Instructor, English Literature, St. John’s Seminary College (Chair, 1968-1977); Weekend and holiday ministry,
1965-1979: Saint Bernardine of Siena Parish, Woodland Hills
1979-1987: Full time instructor, Spiritual Theology, St. John’s Seminary Theologate
1976-1979: Part-time instructor, Spiritual Theology, St. John’s Seminary Theologate
1967-1974: Summer Instructor, English Literature, Mt. St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles
1963-1965: Priest in residence, Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Los Angeles
1962-1963: Assistant Pastor, Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Claremont  

Published Works

“Precious as Silver: Imagining Your Life with God” (Ave Maria Press, 2003) 


Classical music, Stamp collecting, Reading, Film appreciation

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